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Changes for Work and Workers In the “Gig Economy”

Dec 2, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

December 2, 2015 “If my company followed the rules, they couldn’t survive,” my niece Becky told me as we traveled home from our “Small Business Saturday” shopping trip. Small retail businesses are owned by local folks and regularly use local workers. The money we spend in our local communities usually stays local. But in this changing economy, sometimes ...

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Enjoying Thanksgiving on the Farm

Nov 25, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

November 25, 2015  Tundra Swans arrived Friday. These magnificent birds spend a brief time in Buffalo County on their way from the tundra of Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds on the East Coast. The brilliant, white birds with a 6 1/2’ wingspan are migrants through our valley. They love the swamps and back waters. And when ...

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Wisconsin Report Card Provides Info on Progress, Problems

Nov 20, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

November 18, 2015 “My son’s grades improved at report card time,” Mari told me. Her son struggled in school for many years. “We had a great teacher conference. He got mostly Bs and Cs – which was an improvement.” Wisconsin recently got its own report card. Our state also got mostly Bs and Cs. Although in several ...

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Friday Night in Madison

Nov 9, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

November 11, 2015 It was Friday night at 5:00 pm. Most people were leaving work and looking forward to the weekend. Maybe they headed to see friends and family at the fish fry or watch the prep football playoffs. At that same hour, Senators received details on two very important bills. Legislation that rewrote laws related to elections, ...

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Canada and Wisconsin: Friends and Partners

Nov 6, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

  November 4, 2015 Did you know a third of everything Wisconsin sells to the world we sell to Canada? And more visitors come to Wisconsin from Canada than any other country? Wisconsin recently celebrated Canada Day at the Capitol. We welcomed Canadian Consul General Roy Norton. He brought along a host of facts about Wisconsin’s relationship with ...

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